Genre & Material
Where can I find this in Berlin?
The purchase of the painting in 1897 by the director of the Berliner Nationalgalerie Hugo von Tschudi, was only a small revolution. Not only did Tschudi rebel against Wilhelm II, who hated the French, who in return preferenced more historical paintings, but the Berliner Museum already owned an artwork from Cezanne, even before the government’s collection of his work. Max Liebermann himself drew the director of the museum’s attention to Pail Cezanne. They both travelled together to Paris in 1896 to get a better look at French impressionism.
Paul Cezanne introduces us with short, narrow and strong strokes of the brush – vertical, diagonal, curved or almost circled – to a landscape with a mill. On the left side, one can see tall trees. In the left half we see the mill with a little pond, in front of it we see a sandy path and a garden with several growing flowerbeds. If you look a bit further right, then your gaze will wander off into the slightly undulating landscape, where scattered houses are in between colourful fields. The picture projects easiness, light and warmth from the different colour selection ranging between different shades of green, blue, brown and beige. Despite the apparent geometrical structure in many of the painted surfaces, Cezanne brings the picture to life.